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Waterproof gazebos/pergolas

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UsainDolt Sat 15-Aug-20 16:53:06

I have a patio/courtyard directly outside my back door. I had put a medium sized gazebo up to give some shade in the sun, and also to allow the dog out in the rain. And it worked well until today, when the sheer intensity of the rain caused it to collapse.

I'd like to have a more permanent structure out there, and coming into autumn the waterproof-ness takes priority. I had visions of a beautiful pergola with gorgeous flowers growing on it, except research has shown that that won't keep me dry. Lots of the off the shelf gazebos are ugly.

I don't want to spend a fortune, so I'm wondering what genius ideas you've come up with to solve a similar problem, and even better whether you've any photos you'd like to share.

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TW2013 Sat 15-Aug-20 17:12:49

Would a sail be an option? Maybe angled to help the rain run off. Would not protect from rain with wind.

PaternosterLoft Sat 15-Aug-20 17:16:35

I've got my eye on this-

PaternosterLoft Sat 15-Aug-20 17:18:41

From the reviews it seems the sail bit might not last but by then I would have hoped to have grown something fragrant and pretty up the sides and over the top.

My neighbour has a gazebo with so much growing over it there's no way more than a drop or two of water can get through - it's a lovely mess of passionflower and wisteria and ivy and clematis and honeysuckle.

UsainDolt Sat 15-Aug-20 17:22:37

Thanks @TW201. DH wants a sail but I'm not convinced how easy it would be to take down when windy/during snow etc.

That looks good @paternister

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UsainDolt Sat 15-Aug-20 17:23:50

That should obviously read @tw2013 and @paternoster

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LaughingDonkey Sat 15-Aug-20 17:29:03

Following with interest smile

AnotherEmma Sat 15-Aug-20 17:30:52

I'd get an awning. Not cheap but worth it IMO.

RedElephants Sat 15-Aug-20 17:31:36

My brother in law has a wooden pergola, he has corrugated clear plastic on the top of his, with a grape vine climbing over it.

UsainDolt Sat 15-Aug-20 18:59:25

@redelephants - does it not get very noisy when the rain hits the plastic?

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RedElephants Sun 16-Aug-20 13:42:02

Probably, however it's not near the house, so can't hear it smile

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